Many spices we know so well today, such as pepper, cinnamon, tamarind, saffron, turmeric, paprika, were once more prized than gold. These were discovered in far off exotic lands, far away from the European population.
The earliest recordings of Vanilla usage appears to be around 1000AD, with the Totonac people of south eastern Mexico being the first recorded humans to discover the benefits and flavour of the Vanilla orchid pods.
Initially the Vanilla that made its way back to Europe was predominately used for perfumes and related products.
However, the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1518 and soon recognised the amazing flavour of cacao drinks flavoured with Vanilla.
This spice is now found worldwide in almost every kitchen.
Ask the average person where do they think Vanilla comes from and you are generally met with a lot of ‘ums’ and ‘ahhs’ – most are completely unaware that this sensational flavour comes from the seed pod of an orchid plant.
Topics covered are:
- Botanical features
- Production of the Vanilla Bean
- Uses and Benefits
A recipe for Vanilla Bean & Mango Smoothie is available.